Living out our childhood fantasies

Making Faux Stone


  • Dust mask
  • Waterproof gloves
  • Safety glasses
  • Mixing container
  • Mixing tool
  • Wide putty knife
  • Plastic bags
  • Dry cleaning bags
  • Plywood or wood platters
  • Rasp or wood file
  • Wire brush
  • Awl
  • Masonry drill bit

Found forms

  • Bowls
  • Pots and pans
  • Terra cotta or plastic pots
  • Pie plates

Home made forms

  • Boxes, etc
  • Blanks, etc


  • Peat moss or perlite
  • Vermiculite or sand
  • Portland cement
  • Water
  • Tints


Casting and Forming
  • Packing mud
  • Form release
  • Waiting
  • The cure
  • Finishing
  • Texturing/Brushing
  • Etching
  • Fixing your mistakes
  • Call Martha

A Cautionary Note:
The dusts of all these ingredients are dangerous to inhale. Portland cement is particularly nasty to inhale and will also burn skin. Please use proper precautions when making hypertufo pots.


Gray or Black

1 part Portland cement

1 part peat moss

1 part vermiculite

Add black tint for dark gray or black.


1 part perlite

1 part vermiculite

1 part white Portland cement

Red, Tan, Brown

Same recipe as white.

Add color tint to taste

Call 479-253-7466 for more information on any of the new introductions reviewed in this article.

Bear Creek Nursery

“ Along with a selection of new annuals, perennials, herbs and grasses, the Bear offers many native trees and shrubs as well as a number of aquatic plants to enhance the pond. Landscape materials and a comprehensive selection of glazed & terra cotta pots round out the products available at your friendly neighborhood garden center. Sound advice is always available from the well informed staff, who will be happy to help you find just the right plant to compliment your garden. Landscape services are available year round.”